TEMPE, Ariz. – With ‘character’ as one of the core tenets of the Sun Devil Way, Sun Devil Athletics hosts its first-ever Sun Devils Serve football game for Thursday night’s match-up against Weber State at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.
ASU has partnered with various charitable organizations from around the Valley and will use the first home football game of the season to both honor and give back to local service groups and the community. Arizona State will incorporate the Sun Devils Serve theme throughout the evening from pregame fan experiences to in-game interactive video board elements.
Among the groups participating in Thursday night’s game are Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Valley-area Make-A-Wish organization, Friends of Jaclyn, and St. Mary’s food bank – which will collect food items from fans who wish donate.
St. Mary’s Food Bank volunteers will be stationed outside the north and south entrances of Sun Devil Stadium on Thurs., Aug. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. and will remain through the first 30 minutes after the opening kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Fans are asked to help the one-in-four Arizona children who struggle with hunger each day by bringing three canned food items to help ASU reach its goal of restocking the St. Mary’s Food Bank shelves.
Sun Devil Athletics has placed an emphasis on meaningful service work within the local community. In 2013-14, over 500 Sun Devil student-athletes participated in community service activities, which accounted for 241,126 community members served over the time span of 6,113.75 hours. Including the groups participating in Thursday night’s game, Sun Devil Athletics has participated or partnered with the United Way, Sparky’s Tour, Pat’s Run, the Yuma Food Bank, Operation Fix It, the Hopi, Navajo, and San Carlos Apache Nations, among other charitable organizations.